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don't wait, call today. (soft music) (colonial penn jingle) making news in america this morning, remembering prince, the life and death of a legend. she wore a raspberry beret >> a music icon transcending
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>> an all night dance party on the streets of minneapolis. >> landmarks across the country glowing purple and broadway cast members with amazing tributes. purple rain >> where the single suddenly died. >> the investigation under way as the world remembers rock royalty. good friday morning and we begin with the loss of a music icon, prince dying suddenly at the age of 57. >> it happened at his stalling compound near minneapolis. the cause of death is still a mystery but an autopsy scheduled for day and fans are remembering the musical genius. >> in downtown minneapolis
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outside the first avenue nightclub featured in "purple rain," a man who gave them a unique sound. while others gathered to pay tribute a rainbow appeared over prince's estate. marci gonzalez is there. good morning, marci. >> reporter: hi, ryan and diane. throughout the early morning hours we've seen people coming by here leaving flowers, we see people hanging up a sign right now, leaving purple balloons, everyone just still waiting to learn what caused prince's death and reflecting on that unrivaled talent he shared with the world. thousands of fans dancing through the night celebrating prince's life. purple rain purple rain >> reporter: and in the rain mourning the sudden loss of a music icon. >> thank you for loving him, y'all. and he loved each and every one of you. >> reporter: the 57-year-old
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reportedly found unresponsive in an elevator here at his paisley park estate. >> we need a paramedic. >> his spokesperson said he was battling the flew forcing his plane to make an emergency landing. a day later he was home in minneapolis giving a surprise performance. purple rain >> reporter: and reassuring fans. >> he said, you know, when you hear news, give it a couple of days before you waste any prayers. >> reporter: today those prayers and tributes are pouring in. >> he's gone but his music will live on forever. >> reporter: that eclectic music, those larger than life performances. >> reporter: provocative and poignant. >> we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. >> reporter: today the soundtrack to profound sads in.
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to so many people because across generations people have just felt so connected to his songs and that's what we've been seeing on twitter and hearing from celebrities and hearing from people gathered out here this morning. >> the big question is what happened here? what caused his death? what's the latest in that investigation? >> reporter: yeah, you know, there are no real clues in the 911 call so we don't have any real information on what could have led to his death. as you mentioned earlier an autopsy is scheduled later today but it could take at least a few days to get the preliminary results. ryan and diane. >> we'll await the results of that autopsy. marci gonzalez live in chanhassen, minnesota, marci, thank you. prince signed his first record deal. he was just a teenager. his music and lyrics transcend genres. >> ex-perts say he had 2,000
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byron pitts has more on the superstar who left an unfor get able mark on rock, funk and soul. >> reporter: prolific, pioneering. a star so big the world knew him simply by his first name, prince. born prince rogers nelson, 1958, in minneapolis. writing his first song at 7, his first album at 19. his hits endless. mixing the profane, the of sexuality and spirituality on stage. she wore a raspberry beret >> reporter: seven grammys, a golden globe, an academy award for "purple rain" in 1985. purple rain purple rain >> reporter: standing just 5'2", his flamboyance, his funk, instrument, sung every line of his music. here he is at his 2004 rock and roll hall of fame induction
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the 100 greatest artists of all time. married twice, famously private, he changed his name to a symbol in 1993 becoming the artist formerly known as prince explaining to larry king. >> i had to search deep within my heart and spirit and i wanted to make a change. and move to a new plateau in my life. >> reporter: prince once said of himself, "as i go on this journey called life i rarely look back." for many nights to come, we will. this is what it sounds like when doves cry >> reporter: byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> and one of prince's most memorable performances was the super bowl halftime show in 2007. >> ah, remember that. he took the stage and killed it. despite a massive storm producers say they were worried about how the superstar would react to the nasty weather but prince was undisturbed, un undeterred, ever the amazing performer, he jokingly asked
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even harder. >> he did sing purple rain that night and prince's death is still dominating the chatter on social media. no surprise, twitter says there were 6 million tweets about prince in just the first seven hours of his passing. >> a lot of tweets coming from celebrities, oprah writing "prince the doves really are crying now listening to your music, remembering quote. >> michael jackson's daughter tweeted "rest in peace to a very beautiful soul. prince, you were an amazing artist and human being. i wish i had the honor of meeting you." >> elton john saying he was the greatest performer he has ever seen calling him a true genius. "the new yorker" cover and it's a telling one a tribute to prince and his song "purple
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>> not only past performances but, you know, checking with marci and looking throughout the night and the morning of people showing up around the compound and people from minneapolis just talking about what an impact he had on their area. i mean just the fact that just a couple days ago he was giveing a concert for his fans and loved his music. that was his number one. >> his greatest neverwavered. from the beginning to the end he was a superstar all the way through. well, on to other news, president obama has arrived in london where he and the first lady will dine with the royals. first up is lunch at windsor castle with queen elizabeth who turned 90. tonight with prince william, duchess kate and prince harry and president obama will meet with british prime minister david cameron coming two months before the british people decide whether the uk should leave the european union, a move the president opposes. the weather now, the storms that drenched texas are finally moving east.
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on the radar there, people from the florida panhandle to the northeast can expect some spring showers. still ahead developing overnight a student dies after a fight in a school bathroom. the new details just in. "your voice, your vote," north carolina's controversial bathroom bill is front and center in the election with new clashes between ted cruz and donald trump. and caught on camera. a freak weather event throwing
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correct. abc's bazi kanani has the latest. good morning, bazi. >> reporter: good morning, ryan. donald trump isn't changing just yet. >> we're winning by a lot. we're kicking [ bleep ]. i'll tell you. >> reporter: the republican front-runner tells supporters he has to stay tough against ted cruz and john kasich. >> i've got two leftovers, i have to finish that, okay. >> reporter: then trump promises the same thing his top aides told gop leaders behind closed doors, that he would moderate his tone to appeal to voters in the general election. >> at some point i'll be so presidential that you people will be so bored. >> reporter: but that could be a while. trump's challengers brush off his calls for them to drop out. >> everybody ought to focus on their own campaign, don't worry about anybody else's. >> reporter: meanwhile, ted cruz goes after trump for his stance on north carolina's controversial law banning transgender people from using the bathroom they identify with. >> he thought that men should be
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bathroom if they want to. now, let me ask you, have we gone stark raving nuts? >> reporter: cruz accuses trump of being politically correct after trump said the law is bad for business and that he would allow a transgender person like caitlin jenner to use any bathroom she wants in trump tower. >> leave the way it is, north carolina what they're going through with all of the business that's leaving and all of the strife. >> reporter: and after hiring some new taff to help professionalize his campaign, trump says he will soon deliver a series of policy speeches and may even use a teleprompter. ryan, diane. >> well, that would be interesting. bazi kanani live in washington, bazi, thank you. when we come back, the passing of a legend, the world is remembering prince. see the landmarks in purple and broadway tributes. >> falling fast a humvee
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washington, new york, philadelphia, boston and san francisco. well, another look at our top story. prince's sudden death still sinking in. >> an autopsy scheduled for today. prince died at his compound near minneapolis days after his publicist said he was battling the flu. he's being remembered as a prolific artist who influenced countless singers. tributes in purple are popping up all over the country and dan harris was with fans in minneapolis overnight. >> reporter: hello from downtown minneapolis where this is a massive street party going on in honor of a native son who became pop royalty, prince. thousands listening to prince's songs in these streets shut down singing along and when the action winds down in the street, it's going to move inside this club, the first avenue club, an iconic club in downtown minneapolis where pins himself performed many times.
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some of the scenes in that classic movie "purple rain." while there is a lot of celebration there is an undercurrent of sadness. beloved all over the world and country, this was his hometown. he could have lived anywhere but he chose to stay here and for that people here are grateful and very proud and used to see him in the local supermarkets. outside of prince's home and studio paisley park, people have been laying flowers and balloons, many of them purple in honor of the man sometimes known as the purple one, the investigation is ongoing into what caused had is death but as one person said here, his music will live forever. dan harris, abc news, in downtown minneapolis. >> classes will be held today with grief counselors on hand at a high school in wilmington delaware where a 16-year-old student died after a violent fight in the girls' bathroom. paramedics tried to save her helicopter.
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police are talking to the other two girls involved. no weapon is believed to have been used and no arrests have been made. well, the head of the fbi is hinting that it cost more than a million dollars to hack into the san bernardino's shooter's iphone. james comey did not give a precise number but more than i will make for the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure. he added that he thought the payment was worth it. >> the army is now investigating a training exercise gone very wrong. a video shows three humvees plummeting to their destruction in germany. the massive military vehicles were supposed to float down with a parachute but somehow on the way down they slipped free. each humvee is worth more than $200,000. and now to this video out of china, a dust devil tore through an elementary school playground picking up a student and then
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purple rain purple rain time now to check "the pulse," prince fans gathering all across the country to celebrate his life and his music, of course. >> that's right. hundreds of people if not thousands rushed to paisley park, the singer's suburban minneapolis estate where he worked, lived and ultimately died. stunned terryary-eyed fangs shared stories. landmarks across the country lighting up in purple in memory of the singer, including target field, the home of the minnesota twins. >> and showing an amazing display. >> i mean he was such a superstar aeneas have paying tribute posting this picture of a nebula, the stunning purple cloud in space. and broadway is also remembering prince. >> cast members of the huge hit "hamilton" busted into a
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take a look at this. >> everything they do is gold. >> i feel like they should move on and do one on prince, i mean right now just make up a play, do it tomorrow. start performing saturday. >> you may be on to something, ryan. an exuberant dance for for "let's go crazy." that's amazing. >> and they weren't the only broadway cast to pay tribute. jennifer hudson and cynthia led the cast of "the color purple" just singing their hearts out to "purple rain" very appropriately. all i want to see you dancing in the purple rain purple rain purple rain >> an amazing performance of "purple rain." what a rank on jennifer hudson. >> man, 75 octaves i guess she has.
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his presence in our studios. >> prince made a number of appearances on abc's "the view" including four years ago in 2012 during which he gave us a brief glimpse of his sense of humor in an exchange with our very own barbara walters. >> when you go on stage, you're a different person. but off stage, you're very quiet and mysterious. what is that all about? >> i'm just that way around you. >> so rarely got to see his personality. people loved that moment. during the same appearance he also discussed bruce spring scene. but she just can't see it. so excedrin worked with me to show my mom what i experience during a migraine. excedrin relieves my pain and symptoms. but their dedication to migraine sufferers doesn't stop there. oh my god... i'm so sorry, honey, that you go through this. now i finally feel understood.
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president obama has given every american an assignment on this earth day, issuing a proclamation and encouraging all of us to do something today that protects the environment for both today and tomorrow. and today's weather, rain will blanket the eastern fourth of the country from maine all the way down to florida. finally this morning, mourning the loss of prince gone too soon after touching so many lives. and prince stayed in minneapolis long after he made it big and his hometown fans who took pride in his success are heart heartbroken. >> i'm in minnesota. we all grew up with prince. purple rain purple rain >> that minnesota sound that he so well known for, a lot of people identify with that. they identify with the artist as a person and just a pure musician.
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>> i always wanted to move to minnesota, live in minnesota and it was partly because of prince. i only want to see you laughing in the purple rain >> you know, he was incredible and i'm just glad that i was able to say to him, i love you the last time i saw him. honey i know i know >> i've always loved him and he's been like the best -- >> first tape i bought was -- the first tape i bought with my own money was "purple rain". >> you say you want a leader but can't make up your mind >> he was a natural and he had "it," what they call "it" in the business. he's gone but his music will live on forever. purple rain purple rain >> big party in heaven tonight. that's all i can say, anderson, big party in heaven tonight.
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>> you think back to your childhood and there's that whole michael jackson, prince thing and it's our generation, it's our era. music wouldn't be the same without it. our city wouldn't be the same without it. you think of the state of minnesota, one of the first things you think of is prince. purple rain >> amazing. no matter what you think of prince he just moved us whether it was to sing or dance or smile. >> often to do both. >> exactly.


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